Phoca vitulina

Why howler?

Newborns now and then lose the contact to the mother - often even for a short time only. If so, they scream heartbreakingly, this has given them this name.

Small turbo

Baby seals can swim since birth, are born already with the sleek sealskin of adult animals and are independent after approximately 2 months.


  • Origin

    Very widespread: North Atlantic, North Pacific, North Sea

  • Habitat

    prefers coastal areas with sandbanks and rocks

  • Diet

    Fish is their vegetables: Flat fish, salmon, cod, sardines, herring … young seals also eat crabs, mussels and squid.

  • Status

    approx. 315,000

  • Size

    Male: 170 cm
    Female: 140 cm

  • Weight

    Male: 150 kg
    Female: 100 kg

  • Gestation period

    11 months

  • Achievable age

    up to 25 years in the wild, up to 30 years in human care

Threat Categories of IUCN

Did you know that ...

...seals can swim up to 35 km/h fast and can dive 200 metres deep,
...they can perfectly orient themselves in the water with their sensitive whiskers
...and that the layer of fat, which serves as energy reserve and insulation layer, is called blubber?

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Opening hours

Today, 14. August
9:00 - 18:30
Last admission: 17:00
Opening hours

Feedings & Trainings

  • Seals 10:30
  • Panda talk 11:00
  • Elephants 11:30
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Hardenbergplatz 8, 10787 Berlin

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